A South Eastern Metropolitan MP is advocating for cannabis law reforms after research revealed half of Australians think cannabis should be taxed and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. Legalise Cannabis Victoria MP for the Upper House, Rachel Payne, said the party is seeking “sensible and meaningful reform” to end the criminalization of personal use of cannabis.

It comes as new Essential Report research found 53 per cent of Labor voters and nearly 50 percent of Coalition voters were in agreement over cannabis regulation. Ms. Payne said the polling shows the “Australian war on drugs does not work.”

“The cost of prohibition from cannabis-related law enforcement spending takes not only an enormous economic toll, but it does nothing for harm minimization in our community,” she said.

“If a majority of voters think the same, isn’t it time our government got on the right side of history by reforming outdated laws in line with community expectations?”

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